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Trans-Border Culture for Trans-Border Peace & Prosperity, The MAKAFI Cultural Festival!

Mucho Mangoes aggregates farmers to produce best quality products, produces Nutritious Banana Flour & organize an annual Cultural Food Fest

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Across Africa, Farmers are losing an average of 50% of their produce due to post-harvest losses. These loses are experienced mainly by small-scale farmers and contribute to food insecurity, poverty and continue to widen the gap between the rich and the poor. A significant number of East African resources are trans-border shared. Kenyan traders have complained of mistreatment by Tanzanian immigration which has sparked protests at the border and tit-for-tat trade jabs have seen the two nations blocking import of various goods from either country. In the Kenya Tanzania border of Taveta and Holili Motorcycle taxi riders commonly known as Boda Bodas have had unending squabbles, each side claiming mistreatment from the other side
We mobilize East African Farmers and empower them by providing free training on pre and post-harvest crops handling skills, pests and diseases control and support them throughout the production process. After helping the farmers to produce better quality products, we then provide a ready an reliable market for their produce by buying their mangoes and bananas at a good price, then we add value by solar drying and packaging dried mangoes and Nutritious Banana Flour. Our nutritious Banana Flour called MAKAFI is an old staple Cultural food for the Taveta and Pare Communities of Kenya, and the Chagga and Pare Communities in Tanzania who live along the Kenya Tanzania border on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Pare Mountains. We organize an annual Peace Festival dubbed “The MAKAFI Cultural Food Festival” which includes talks, debates, workshops and community events, enabling people to celebrate their cultures through music, sport and food, with action packed boat racing. It is one of those activities which will leave you amazed. The boats racing across the Lake causeway are not engine run but the traditional African canoe boats navigated with a paddle.There is also a Boda Boda race which operators from Kenya and Tanzania participate to win prizes

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Eastern Africa (EA) region is amongst the poorest in the world with more than 60% of the population living below the poverty line. It is characterized by low agricultural productivity and thus food insecurity. Contributing factors such as high populations, small land sizes, environmental degradation; Poor marketing structures; Inadequate access to information Poor physical and institutional infrastructure and Inappropriate government policies have held back the sustainable development of rural areas. The structure of the regions population shows that 80% of the population is rural based, deriving their livelihood mainly from Agriculture, the mainstay of the regions economy. We target Rural Smallholder farmers as a fundamental strategy in poverty alleviation and a critical path towards the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 50.6% of them or more are actually women who are depended by their families.Our Cultural Food Festival Peace program impacts all communities around

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Kenyan and Tanzanian citizens have had protests at the border and tit-for-tat trade jabs have seen the two nations blocking the import of various goods from either country. In the Kenya Tanzania border of Taveta and Holili, Motorcycle taxi riders commonly known as Boda Bodas have had unending squabbles, each side claiming mistreatment from the other side. Taveta and the Kilimanjaro region share two key trans-border natural resources, Lake Challa, and Lake Jipe, as well as grazing and farming land. these have been sources of tensions for the local communities in both sides of the borders who are mostly farmers, fishermen and small scale traders. We empower these communities to produce the best quality mangoes and Bananas, then, as a Social Enterprise, we produce an old traditional nutritious food staple that is used by almost all the communities living along our border, to bring people together through a Cultural food festival that promotes coexistence, mutual respect and understanding

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Mucho Mangoes empowers rural smallholder farmers to produce the best quality, healthy Mangoes and Bananas for local and international food distributors, whose problem is very inadequate supply of high quality fruits. Our Products include Fresh and Dried mangoes and a Nutritious Banana Flour. We aggregate small scale farmers and provide them with free training on horticultural crops pre & post- harvest handling skills, Pests and Diseases Control, and Agronomy
Please visit http://muchomangoes.com

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I was born out of wedlock, neglected by both parents, and brought up by my maternal grandmother in extremely harsh living conditions. As a young boy from such a very poor family, I had to work during my school holidays, picking mangoes for a fruit exporting company in order to make ends meet. Having worked with a fruit exporting company, I witnessed firsthand, how poor, rural smallholder farmers are exploited by middlemen, and their products graded at the point of exit, leaving them with rejects

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

A significant number of East African resources are trans-border shared resources. Kenyan traders have complained of mistreatment by Tanzanian immigration which has sparked protests at the border and tit-for-tat trade jabs have seen the two nations blocking the import of various goods from either country. In the Kenya Tanzania border of Taveta and Holili, Motorcycle taxi riders commonly known as Boda Bodas have had unending squabbles, each side claiming mistreatment from the other side. Taveta and the Kilimanjaro region share two key trans-border natural resources, Lake Challa, and Lake Jipe, as well as grazing and farming land. These have been a source of tensions for the local communities in both sides of the borders who are mostly farmers and traders. As a local & National Youth Leader, I thought I should bridge Peace, Prosperity, and our Planet by empowering the locals to plant more mango trees, produce better quality products, then use our by products to promote coexistence

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We have been working with the local Agricultural officers to provide free training to farmers. Our ICT Training is mobile, and most of the times we have been accommodated by local community facilities, including Church and medical center grounds. Our farmers training program has been previously sponsored by various development partners

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our Community has very hard working rural farming populations who are eager to learn a new skill and improve their livelihoods. There is also a surplus of young people ready to work, and avalability of organized Youth, Women, and farmer groups/associations whom we can work with

Geographic Focus

We work in Taveta, Taita Taveta County of Kenya, and Rombo, Moshi, and Pare regions of Tanzania

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

This project will be implemented within the stipulated 36 Months, but will remain sustainable as Mucho Mangoes Ltd is a For Profit Social Enterprise that pumps back some of our profits into our farmers/suppliers capacity development and community development programs

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No
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Emmanuel

Role added on team:

"Emmanuel Odenyire is our ICT Instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Informatics and has more than 5 years in ICT Training, graphic, web, online portals designing, software development, among others."

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Joseph Msheve

Role added on team:

"Mr. Joseph Ishmael Msheve is the organization Accountant and Administrative Officer. Msheve is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in Cost accounting, financial reporting and Auditing. He has comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of financial accounting and all major accounting systems. He is a CPA 3 Graduate from the Technical University of Kenya and the Vision Institute of Professional Studies, with more than six years of work experience in financial management and Community Devpt."

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Dalmas Ogingo

Role added on team:

"Mr. Dalmas Ogingo is the Senior Marketing, Production and Quality Assurance Manager. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Entomology, Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Education, with more than 10 years’ experience, including working with ICIPE. His roles include to proactively find new customers and markets and position the company as a globally reliable top quality produce supplier, Developing timely and accurate customer solutions"

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